The Ultimate List Of 'Bang For Your Buck' Los Angeles Restaurants

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Kogi has the distinction of being both really cheap and really delicious (Photo by Christine via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Somewhere between dirt cheap eats and once-in-a splurging there's a sweet spot where the quality and quantity of the food match the amount of money you're spending. It's the place where $2.50 gets you life-changing dumplings but also where an $80 prix fixe meal offers you a spread of food from one of the best chefs in town. That's where you get the most bang for your buck, so to speak, or where you're getting the most for your money.

To find this sweet spot, we came up with a mash-up of lists with the best eats and the best cheap eats around town, while taking into account the price of an average meal. Here's how map-making whiz Steven Melendez came up with the rankings:

One point each was awarded for:

The resulting number was then divided by the cost of an average meal and drink, either as listed in Zagat or as computed from the restaurant's online menu.

Below, LAist's roundup of where to get the most bang for your buck and why you should be eating there.